25 Jun 10,000 porters, catering staff and healthcare assistants to…
SOME 10,000 healthcare support workers will go on strike tomorrow despite the Health Minister branding the action “quite extraordinary”.
Fed-up porters, catering staff and healthcare assistants will down tools for 24 hours at 38 different hospitals.
It is a move which is expected to create serious disruption for patients.
Some elective surgeries, outpatient appointments and scopes have been cancelled, as has fresh food catering for patients and staff, security and services movement such as the transportation of patients from emergency departments to the wards.
Hygiene services such as the deep cleaning of wards and cleaning of spilled body fluids will also be impacted, as well as the movement of bodies to mortuaries.
The 38 hospitals in Ireland set to be affected by the strike
Cork University Hospital
Cork University Maternity Hospital
Kerry University Hospital
Mallow General Hospital
South Infirmary Hospital, Cork
South Tipperary General Hospital
Wexford General Hospital
St Lukes Hospital Carlow / Kilkenny
Mercy Hospital Cork
Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown
National Rehabilitation Hospital
St Ita’s Portrane
St James Hospital
St Vincent’s University Hospital
Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan
Louth County Hospital
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
Central Mental Hospital
Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar
Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore
Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise
Naas General Hospital
Cavan General Hospital
Letterkenny University Hospital
Sligo General Hospital
Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe
Galway University Hospital
Mayo University Hospital
UL Hospital Dooradoyle
UL Maternity Hospital
UL Orthopaedic Hospital, Croom
The issue centres around a dispute between workers and the HSE over what the union SIPTU says is the health executive’s failure to implement increases in pay for members arising from a job evaluation scheme.
Minister Simon Harris said: “I find it extraordinary a trade union would bring our health service to a point of such difficulty without even going to the Labour Court.
“The management side has engaged in really good faith on this, we made an offer and that offer would see payments made to people starting in November of this year, which is quite a significant offer to make in the context of the Brexit scenario that we face.”
But People Before Profit TD and former hospital worker Gino Kenny said: “I fully support my fellow hospital workers who have taken the decision to stand up for themselves.
“Cuts to the numbers of health service workers and a policy of ‘more with less’ from the HSE and Department of Health has led to an untenable situation.
“For Minister Harris to attack these workers for taking strike action over pay while his government are presiding over outrageous overspends in the construction of the National Maternity Hospital is a disgrace.”